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Agantukayan (Strangers). 2022. Sri Lanka/USA. Directed by Rajee Samarasinghe. World premiere. 11 min.
Oceans away and years ago, the civil war in Sri Lanka separated members of Rajee Samarasinghe’s family. This touching portrait brings them together again, with the filmmaker’s signature visual flair.
Marinheiro das motanhas (Mariner of the Mountains). 2021. Brazil/France. Directed by Karim Aïnouz. US premiere. In Portuguese, Arabic, Tamazight, French; English subtitles. 98 min.
In 2019, filmmaker Karim Aïnouz boarded a boat in the port of Marseille to visit Algeria, where his estranged father was born. His journey across the Mediterranean set off whirlwind encounters with the people and places of Algiers, and emotional reunions with distant relatives in the mountainous north. Aïnouz’s most personal film to date retraces parallel histories: a love story that could have been, and the liberation movement to which his father returned before the director was born. While reflecting on the contemporary effects of Algeria’s colonial past (the subject of a companion film, Nardjes A, which was filmed in tandem with this one), Mariner of the Mountains is an elegiac and enthralling auto-fiction that spins into a fever dream where individual and collective meet.
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